Deuteronomy Chapter 8
Omniscient – You know everything. You know what you are teaching me. You know what You are putting into my heart. You know Moses and Your Word are talking about You. You know what You mean. You know the future. You know me. You know my heart. You are all-knowing and You know what You are doing.
Omnipotent- You can do anything. You test. You discipline. You humble. You make the land. You give it. You can change my heart. You make me understand if You just wanted to. You are all-powerful.
Omnipresent – You are everywhere. You are in the wilderness. You are in the land of Egypt. You are in Your Word. You are in my heart. You are in my mind. You are all-present.
Eternal – You are the cause of time. You are today. You are forty years. You are this day. You are time.
Immutable – You do not change. I shall perish because I would not listen to the voice of Jehovah my God. You will never be made to change.
Self – Existent – You exist by Yourself. You will exist even when Israel does not. It is your creation that needs You to exist. You choose. You decide. You decide who lives and who dies. You decide who You bless.
Self-Sufficient – You do not need any of Your creation to bring about Your will or Your purpose. You choose to use Moses and Israel and Your WORD because it is Your good pleasure, not Your need, that governs Your choice.
Infinite – There are no limits or bounds to Your person or dominion. You make Your people live and multiply and their herds and their flocks multiply, and their silver and gold multiplies, an all that Your people have multiplies. You are indefinite and forever and ever. You are limitless.
Transcendent – You are apart from Your creation. You teach me about You. This chapter teaches me about Your graciousness, You gave Israel all Your commandments. You humbled them. You tested them. You disciplined them. You want them to walk in Your ways and to fear You. You give Your people power to make wealth. Is this about Your graciousness or Your sovereignty? Or am I way off? What is the theme of Chapter 8? How many times do You tell Your people, ME, to remember all of Your commandments? What does this teach me about You?
Sovereign – It is You Israel worships. It is You I worship. You know my heart. You lead me. You test me and discipline me. You humble me and cause me to understand. You are in complete control and You are doing Your foreknown plan!
Holy – You are a morally excellent, perfect being. You separate Israel by Your commandments for Your purpose. You separate me by your truth through Your Son for Your purpose.
Gracious – You show Your favor by changing them and moving them and being their God.
Merciful – You show Your compassion by disciplining them and humbling them in order to learn Your ways.
Righteous – You are always right. You teach the right way. Your commandments are always right.
Longsuffering - You are patient with Your people and slow to anger.
Just – You punish the guilty, atone for sin, and reward the righteous who listen to You.
Loving – You love Your people. You take care of them and give them everything they need.
Good – You give a part of Yourself. You give them Your land and Your commandments and Your covenant.
Wise – Your do what You to teach me about Yourself ad Your heavenly throne. Your wisdom is higher than my wisdom. Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts.
Truthful - You always speak the truth. You swore to give land to their forefathers. Your Word speaks Your truth. Moses speaks Your truth.
Faithful – You always do what You say. You have the confidence in Yourself to do what You swear to Israel. You adhere to Israel to be their God and for them to be Your people through Your Word. You have faith in Your people to listen to You and adhere to Your commandments.
Wrathful - You will destroy all unrighteousness. It shall come about if I ever forget You Jehovah My God, and go after other gods and serve them and worship them that I shall surely perish.
Jealous – You will not share Your people who are rightly and morally Yours with any other creatures. Like the nations that You make to perish before me so I shall perish; because I would not listen to the voice of Jehovah My God.
Incomprehensible – What is Graciousness? What is favor? 1)having or showing kindness, courtesy, charm, etc. 2) merciful; compassionate 3) indulgent or polite to those held to be inferiors 4) characterized by the taste, luxury, and social ease associated with prosperity, education etc. [gracious living] Gen 43:29; Ex 33:19; Neh 9:31; Ps 6:21; 86:15; Prov 19:19; Amos 5:15
Favor – 1) friendly or kind regard; goodwill; approval; liking 2) to be indulgent or too indulgent toward 3) to be for; support; advocate; endorse 4) to make easier; help; assist 5) to do a kindness for
· May God be gracious to you, my son – Num 6:25; Ps 67:1; 86:16
· Gracious to a poor man – Deut 15:7, 8; Prov 14:31; 28:27; Eccl 11:12; Matt 10:42; 25:40; 2 Cor 9:6-8; Heb 6:10
· Feely open my hand and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks. Gracious to the needy. He who gives to the poor will never want.
· Cast your bread on the surface of the waters for you will find it after many days. Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth – Ps 112:9; Matt 5:42; Luke 6:30; 1 Tim 6:18, 19
· God loves a cheerful giver.
When You humble me is that Your graciousness? When You test me is that Your graciousness? When You discipline me is that Your graciousness? Why does it do good for me in the end? Is it gracious or it is Your goodness. It is good for me. It is good to listen to Your voice, but like the nations that You make to perish before me, so I shall perish – is that good or is that gracious or is that wrathful?
What do I know? I am nothing. I am nobody. What does it matter to me? How does this relate to me? What am I supposed to know? How do I listen? How do I change?